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    Images Speak: History of Emoticons

    Images Speak: History of Emoticons
    I used to be anti-emoticon. For years, I thought of smiley faces as the mark of an immature writer—the kind who punctuates a sentence with seven exclamation points. Then one day, after years of reading them, I was composing a sentence I wanted to make very sure the reader knew was a joke—and so I did it. Slowly, those little guys ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Review: Eileen Quinlan at Miguel Abreu Gallery

    Review: Eileen Quinlan at Miguel Abreu Gallery
    Miguel Abreu Gallery presents a group of Eileen Quinlan photographs, open until December 9, down on Orchard Street. Most of the works are from an ongoing series titled Smoke & Mirrors. Those that do not bear this title are nonetheless very similar visually. As a group, the work inhabits a narrow field, where its vulnerabilities are alternately convincing and disappointing. The ...
    Published almost 11 years ago | Rate This
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    Art Billboards Respond to L.A.’s Car Culture

    Art Billboards Respond to L.A.’s Car Culture
    Why not exploit L.A.’s much bemoaned car culture to promote fresh artistic endeavors, blending existing architecture, with pop culture and conceptualism? “How Many Billboards? Art in Stead” includes 21 newly commissioned works by contemporary artists using the alternative medium of billboards. The works engage in an important visual dialogue with L.A.’s heavily commercialized public space. The exhibition is organized by MAK ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Design Students Stretch the Limits of Outdated Speedos

    Design Students Stretch the Limits of Outdated Speedos
    When swimming competitions updated their regulations for swimwear this year, the Speedo LZR racer swimsuit was rendered obsolete as a sellable item. Luckily, Speedo decided not to throw out these otherwise perfectly good suits, but instead donated 600 of them to students at the Chelsea College of Art and Design for an upcycling project. The designers went to work and stretched ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Art is Political for Iranian Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf

    Art is Political for Iranian Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf
    NEW YORK— Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is a legend of international filmmaking, having created 18 challenging, unflinching art–house films that explore humanity in locations of conflict through his trademark multiple points of view. Now, though, he is taking a break. “Nowadays, I have no time,” says Makhmalbaf, sipping on a cup of steaming warm milk in a quiet midtown Manhattan coffee ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Art is Having a Senior Moment

    Art is Having a Senior Moment
    ANTIQUES are the newest thing in the art world. Not ancient objects. Ancient people. Last week, 98-year-old abstract expressionist Abraham Yurberg opened his first show in more than four decades at a swank uptown gallery. At a plucky 90, Len Ferrari has a solo exhibition at the Midtown gallery Haunch of Venison opening later this month. New Yorker Carmen Herrera, now ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    WIll Bravo's "Work of Art" Be a Hit?

    WIll Bravo's "Work of Art" Be a Hit?
    Yes, I know about the new Bravo reality TV show, Work of Art. No, I don’t intend on watching it. Yes, I’ve read tons of gossip about it; no, I don’t think I’ll read too much more (well, I will peek, I admit that much). Yes, I agree that if done right, a show like this might actually help bring in ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    2009 in Review: Gallery Exhibitions

    2009 in Review: Gallery Exhibitions
    There’s no denying that each of this year’s gallery exhibitions, from the museum-worthy to the modest, was considered through the veil of the precarious market and the dozens of closings it wrought. But though sales may have been slow, dealers remained optimistic, at least where the art itself was concerned, presenting a cornucopia of rich offerings, particularly this fall. Here are ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Japanese Duo

    Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Japanese Duo
    Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have been awarded their profession's most prestigious award for their bright, airy structures that blend into the surroundings. The Tokyo-based architects will share this year's US$100,000 Pritzker Architecture Prize, which has been given by the Hyatt Foundation in Chicago since 1979 for "significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Drawings For a Funnel Cloud Book

    Drawings For a Funnel Cloud Book
    In Limbo? Is it me, or… Do you find it really hard to make any kind of substantial decision until after the election is over? I can get up and go to work, go grocery shopping and do the kinds of things I have to do, but when it comes to doing anything substantial (like making art), I just feel crippled. ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program Winner Announced

    MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program Winner Announced
    New York, NY - The Museum of Modern Art and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center have named Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu (SO – IL) the winner of the 2010 MoMA/P.S. 1 Young Architects Program, recognizing the Brooklyn-based architectural firm for its environmentally sustainable outdoor installation, "Pole Dance." Consisting of clusters of swaying 25-foot-tall poles connected by drooping nets of bungee ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Madrid Art Thieves Tried to Sell Multimillion-Dollar Stolen Sculpture for Scrap

    Madrid Art Thieves Tried to Sell Multimillion-Dollar Stolen Sculpture for Scrap
    MADRID—Considering that a small sculpture by Eduardo Chillida fetched €1.5 million ($2 million) at Sotheby's in 2006, three thieves' asking price of €30 ($39) for one of the artist's iron sculptures was certainly a bargain. This tip from a Madrid scrap merchant led police to recover 34 of 35 artworks stolen in a truck heist last month — a haul estimated ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Recycling LACMA's Permanent Collection: Destruction or Renewal?

    NEW YORK—Deaccessioning has always been an issue of much discussion and debate in the art world, but for months now, ever since the onset of the Rose Art Museum debacle in January, it’s been a hotter topic than usual. The public eye has been focused more closely on museums selling off pieces from their collections, according to guidelines from the Association ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Is the Israel Museum Better than Bilbao?

    Is the Israel Museum Better than Bilbao?
    Once a cheerless industrial town known for swathes of blocky apartment buildings, Holon, Israel, seems an unlikely destination for cutting-edge design. But over the past few years, with the opening of the National Israeli Cartoon Museum and the Mediatheque, a youth theater, the city of 200,000 has made efforts to transform itself into a cultural center — now soon to be ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    4 TV Lessons That'll Inspire Your Art Career

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vagueonthehow/ / CC BY 2.0 1. Once More With Feeling The Show: Glee Like any other classic tale of geeks banding together in the face of adversity, the outcast characters of Fox's Glee made drama and singing cool again. An aspiring Broadway starlet, the captain of the football team, the head cheerleader, and the lowest of social misfits on the school ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    New Museum Suicide Drawing Can Be Yours

    New Museum Suicide Drawing Can Be Yours
    NEW YORK—Good news for anyone who just can’t get enough of the controversy surrounding the New Museum’s upcoming exhibition of the Dakis Joannou collection: Now you can own a print of the sensational drawing that William Powhida made for the cover of the Brooklyn Rail back in November, which is headlined “How the New Museum committed suicide with banality,” and features ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Modigliani Sculpture Sets Records in Paris

    Modigliani Sculpture Sets Records in Paris
    PARIS — A sculpted stone head by artist Amedeo Modigliani sold at Christie's in Paris on Monday for euro43.18 million ($52.8 million), breaking the record for a work by the Italian artist, the auction house said. It was also the highest-priced work sold at an auction in France, Christie's said. An anonymous buyer bid for the piece by telephone. The piece, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Lindsay Lohan's Artistic Manicure Message Gets Attention

    Lindsay Lohan's Artistic Manicure Message Gets Attention
    LOS ANGELES — Never has so much attention been paid to a manicure. Less than 24 hours after Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in rehab for violating probation on two DUIs, the talk isn't about her troubles, but about her fingernails. The 24-year-old actress sported a colorful manicure in court Tuesday that included obscene ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Build the House in the Hill

    Build the House in the Hill
    Like so many great design schemes, Christian Müller's idea for Villa Vals walked the line between intuitive and loony. You want to build a house on a dramatic hill, but aren't allowed to obstruct the landscape. Therefore you build the house in the hill. So went the Dutch architect's devilishly deconstructed thinking as he weighed plans for a home in Vals, ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +6
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    In Search of Quality & Value: A Return to Old Masters

    In Search of Quality & Value: A Return to Old Masters
    Did you know that Jeff Koons, John Currin, and Damien Hirst all collect Old Masters? All signs from the floundering fall and winter auctions (with the exception of the blockbuster one-off YSL sale) indicated that collectors are abandoning the overhyped contemporary market and returning to Old Masters and other traditional areas of collecting. At this year’s Tefaf Maastricht, the world’s biggest ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +13

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